The C.A.M. Report
Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Fair, Balanced, and to the Point
  • About this web log

    This blog ran from 2006 to 2016 and was intended as an objective and dispassionate source of information on the latest CAM research. Since my background is in pharmacy and allopathic medicine, I view all CAM as advancing through the development pipeline to eventually become integrated into mainstream medical practice. Some will succeed while others fail. But all are treated fairly here.

  • About the author

    John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at, a complementary and alternative medicine website.

  • Common sense considerations

    The material on this weblog is for informational purposes. It is not medical advice or counsel. Be smart, consult your health professional before using CAM.

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    Using guided imagery to treat recurrent stomach pain in kids

    I was surprised to read it, but “one of the more common chronic pain syndromes in children is recurrent abdominal pain (RAP) — thought to affect 10% to 30% of all school-aged children.”

    The results of this study show that “the response to guided imagery in.. children with RAP was rapid, sustained, clinically effective, and not associated with any apparent side effects.”

    Let’s learn more.

    • 22 children (5 ? 18 years) were randomized to learn either breathing exercises alone or guided imagery with progressive muscle relaxation.
    • Both groups had 4-weekly sessions with a therapist.

    And the results

    • Children who learned guided imagery with progressive muscle relaxation had a significantly greater decrease in the number of days with pain.
    • During the next 2 months, more children who learned guided imagery had less than 5 days of pain each month and no missed activities compared to children who learned only the breathing exercises.

    The researchers concluded that guided imagery with progressive muscle relaxation is unfamiliar to many pediatricians. Yet, it’s a simple, noninvasive therapy with potential benefit for treating children with RAP.


    1/26/07 23:28 JR

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